SEASON STANDINGS: Chase Elliott currently sits eighth in the standings with 492 points. The rookie trails points leader Kevin Harvick by 107 markers. The 20-year-old is younger than any other driver currently inside the top 16 – the amount of drivers NASCAR takes into its playoffs – while also being the highest ranked rookie.
GOING HOME: No. 24 team engine tuner Tony Bove originates from Burlington, Vermont, approximately 167 miles northwest of the New Hampshire track where he attended his first Sprint Cup race. New Hampshire Motor Speedway is also the home track for Dwayne Doucette, a mechanic on the No. 24 team. Doucette hails from Lee, New Hampshire, a town approximately 35 miles southeast of the speedway.
TOP-RANKED ROOKIE: Elliott leads the 2016 Rookie of the Year contender standings heading into New Hampshire by 51 points over second-place Ryan Blaney and 90 points over third-place Brian Scott. Elliott has accumulated a total of 241 rookie points this year through the first 18 points-paying races.
TOP-10 FINISHES: Elliott earned his career-best finish last month at Michigan International Speedway, when he led 35 laps en route to a second-place finish. Only four drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series have more top-10 finishes than Elliott’s 11 (Kurt Busch with 15, Harvick with 14, Brad Keselowski with 12 and Carl Edwards with 12 – three of the four drivers being Sprint Cup champions).
GET BACK AND GIVE BACK: NAPA AUTO PARTS has a long history of supporting the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and their families. In February, the company announced that it had raised more than $2.1 million for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund through its annual “Get Back and Give Back” campaign. This July, NAPA AUTO PARTS is donating $1 for each redeemed mail-in rebate for batteries, alternators and starters purchased, and $2 for qualifying installations. Customers also have the ability to donate all or a portion of their mail-in rebates directly to the IFHF. One hundred percent of the donation goes to the IFHF’s mission of building nine Intrepid Spirit centers around the country.
NEARING 1,000: Cars fielded by Hendrick Motorsports have recorded 999 top-five finishes since the team was founded by Rick Hendrick in 1984. The owner’s first Sprint Cup top-five also was his first win — with driver Geoff Bodine on April 29, 1984, at Martinsville Speedway. This season, the organization has recorded 19 top-fives among its four drivers. Hendrick Motorsports posted a team record 57 top-five finishes in 2007. The organization has earned 42 top-fives at New Hampshire, making it one of 13 racetracks where owner Hendrick has tallied more than 40.
— Hendrick 24 Team (@Hendrick24Team) July 13, 2016
Driver Quotes | Chase Elliott
“It will be my first time racing at New Hampshire in a Cup car, so I’m sure that will have some new challenges from what the XFINITY cars brought the past couple of years. It’s going to be different, but I’m hoping we can go and try to figure it out.” Chase Elliott on racing at New Hampshire
NASCAR New Hampshire Motor Speedway TV Schedule (All times ET)
Friday, July 15
11:30 PM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice NBC Sports Network
4:30 PM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying NBC Sports Network
Saturday, July 16
10:00 AM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice CNBC
12:30 PM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice NBC Sports Network
Sunday, July 17
1:30 PM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race NBC Sports Network
Founded by Rick Hendrick in 1984, Hendrick Motorsports is the winningest team in NASCAR Cup Series history. At the sport’s premier level, the organization holds the all-time records in every major statistical category, including championships (14), points-paying race victories (291) and laps led (over 77,000). Headquartered in Concord, North Carolina, the team fields four full-time entries in the NASCAR Cup Series, including the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by 2020 champion Chase Elliott.